MiDAS Minibus Driver Training

Community First offers MiDAS Minibus Driver Training, a nationally recognised standard for drivers of minibuses that offers training for members of staff and volunteers to drive minbuses to ensure they transport adults and children safely.

MiDAS Minibus Driver Training

Community First offers MiDAS Minibus Driver Training, a nationally recognised standard for drivers of minibuses that offers training for members of staff and volunteers to drive minibuses to ensure they transport adults and children safely.

Minibus Driver Training 

MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) is a membership-based scheme designed to enhance both driving and safety standards for drivers of minibuses. The scheme is governed by the Community Transport Association (CTA) who promote this nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers.

What are the benefits of MiDAS training?

  • The Department of Education and Department for Transport highly recommend that all minibus drivers complete this training scheme
  • Some insurance companies offer lower premiums on completion of this training
  • Drivers gain more valuable experience and feel more confident in driving minibuses and will become more competent.

What does MiDAS training involve, how long does it take and where?

MiDAS consists of two elements: theory and practical and is completed within a day, (for the standard module) and is delivered at your place of work, using one of your vehicles (unless other arrangements are agreed). ‘Accessible’ training (for carriage of wheelchair users) is delivered over 2 days.

MiDAS Minibus Driver Training

Community First is now offering the new national MiDAS training programme. The big change is that the theory module is now completed individually by drivers prior to undertaking their driving assessments. Upon application drivers will be allocated a ‘learner pass’ to access the Community Transport Association (CTA) learning portal.

Once this module has been completed our Driver Assessor, Martin Carter, will arrange to visit clients to complete a theory follow up followed by the driving assessment. On successful completion of both elements drivers will be able to log on the CTA portal to print off their personal MiDAS certificates.

Who will be instructing you?

The training is delivered by Community First MiDAS Training Coordinator Martin Carter. Martin is a retired Police Advanced driver with over 35 years’ experience of driving minibuses. Martin has completed and passed the MiDAS Driver Assessor Trainers (DAT) course.

Additional benefits:

In addition to the basic MiDAS content, our course includes enhanced theory and practical (driving) information and instruction to reflect advanced driving techniques. This enhances the MiDAS ideals of delivering Safe, Legal and Comfortable journeys and makes the training more bespoke reflecting on Martin’s own experience and skills.

MIDAS group sizes and costs:

A minimum of 3 drivers per booking (subject to negotiation).

Prices per head are;

  • Standard Driver – £165 (+VAT)
  • Accessible Driver – £205 (+VAT)

If you would like any further information on MiDAS training, please contact Martin Carter:

mcarter@communityfirst.org.uk

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